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Ruined Madrasa at Bidar

Ruined Madrasa at Bidar

Photographer: Sykes, D.H.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/4(447)

Item number: 10004447

Length: 16.1

Width: 21.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the ruined Madrasa at Bidar, taken by D.H. Sykes in 1875-6, from the Archaeological Survey of India. The Madrasa of Khwaja Mahmud Gawan was built in 1478 by Mahmud Gawan, a nobleman at the court of Muhammad Sah Bahmani II (r.1463-82), and is an example of Bahmanid architecture. The building is ruined but it is still remarkable. The plan consists of a quadrangle with halls and chambers on the sides. On three sides there are semi-octagonal projections crowned by bulbous domes while on the other sides there is the entrance flanked by two minars. The facade is covered of coloured tiles of various designs in a Persian style. The madrasa was struck by lightning in 1696 and further damaged by explosion of powder when used as a cavary barracks and powder magazine.

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